Women in the U.S. Congress 2021
The 24 (16D, 8R) women currently serving in the U.S. Senate are:
|Name||Years elected (e), won special election (se), or appointed (a)||Name||Years elected (e), won special election (se), or appointed (a)|
|Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)||e 2012, 2018||Mazie Hirono (D-HI)||e 2012, 2018|
|Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)||e 2018||Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)||a 2018, e 2018|
|Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)||e 2016||Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)||e 2020|
|Maria Cantwell (D-WA)||e 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018||Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)||e 2006, 2012, 2018|
|Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)||e 2014||Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)||a 2002; e 2004, 2010, 2016|
|Susan Collins (R-ME)||e 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014||Patty Murray (D-WA)||e 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016|
|Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)||e 2016||Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV)||e 2018|
|Joni Ernst (R-IA)||e 2014||Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)||e 2008, 2014|
|Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)||se 1992; e 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018||Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)||e 2018|
|Deb Fischer (R-NE)||e 2012, 2018||Tina Smith (D-MN)||a 2018; e 2018|
|Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)||a 2009; e 2010, 2012, 2018||Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)||e 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018|
|Maggie Hassan (D-NH)||e 2016||Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)||e 2012, 2018|
118 women from 35 states serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- California has sent more women to Congress than any other state - a total of 47 to date.
- New York is next with 31 women to date.
- 1 state (VT) has never sent a woman to either the House or the Senate.
of the 142 women serving in Congress in 2021 are women of color: 24 are Black, 13 Latina, 9 Asian American/Pacific Islander, 2 Native American, 1 Middle Eastern/North African, and 2 multiracial. For more information on women of color in office click here.
women (252D, 135R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date:
- 42 (25D, 17R) in the Senate only
- 329 (216D, 113R) in the House only
- 16 (11, 5R) in both the House and Senate
For the number of women who have served in each Congress since 1917, click here.
women of color (78D, 8R) have served in the U.S. Congress to date: 45 have been Black, 13 Asian American/Pacific Islander, 20 Latina, 2 Native American, 3 Middle Eastern/North African, and 3 multiracial.
1916Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1922Rebecca Latimer Felton (D-GA) became the first woman appointed to the Senate, but only served one day.
1964Patsy Takemoto Mink (D-HI) became the first woman of color elected to the House.
1978Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS) became the first woman elected to the Senate without having previously filled an unexpired Congressional term. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) was the first Democratic woman to do so in 1987.
1992Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) became the first woman of color elected to the Senate.
1998Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) became the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to an initial Congressional term. She is now the first openly gay member of the Senate.